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Removal of Bedford Forest Statue

Discussion in 'History Forum' started by Crabtownboy, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    I did not want to derail BroC's thread on the removal of Confederate statues, etc. But I felt I needed to reply to Plain's response about Bedford Forest. I grew up in the South and have had an interest in the war since I was a teenager. Bedford was a very innovative cavalry officer. He was smart, clever keeping Union forces off balance.

    Having said that he was also brutal and about as much danger to the civilians living in the area he roamed as to the Yankees. He was accused of war crimes for allowing his troops to kill hundreds of black Union soliders and white Union prisoners after the battle of Fort Pillow. If that is not enough then the face that he was the first grand master of the KKK. True he later disassociated himself from the KKK. But while he was the grand wizard he approved of the 'ghost' masquerades; and 'whipping' and even 'killing Negro voters and white Republicans, to scare blacks off voting and running for office.'"

    To me this disqualified him from being praised and have any statue memorializing him in a positive way. And I do think any statue to him should be removed.

    Removal of any such statues, both Confederate and Union, should be done on a case-by-case IMHO.

     
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    So you would be in favor of removing any and all statues of Gen William T (March to the Sea) Sherman?
    Of course, with the execption of Atlanta, as I am sure they still think extremely highly of him.
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    BTW - it is possible that Sherman did own a slave or two....
     
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    A wicked, wicked man.

    Remember, these are people who have no problem naming things after Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil and racist men in American history.

    The only consolation I have about naming things after Wilson is that, when I lived in New Jersey, the Woodrow Wilson rest area was known more for the homosexuals that met in the bathrooms to have sex than it was as a memorial for the evil man who segregated the military and reconstituted the Ku Klux Klan.

    A bunch of perverts in a dirty toilet is a more fitting memorial.
     
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    Listen, if anyone was invading my country I would probably done what Forrest did.

    How about Stonewall Jackson? Would you try to expunge any references of him as well?

    Dude, you are dealing with Southern history here...learn from it,don't eradicate it.
     
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    No one wants to eradicate Southern history. It is the statues that honor obviously evil men that should be taken down. We should not put men like Forrest on a pedestal. His military skills and tactics were amazing when in battle. But as a human being he was trash. Sherman, though seemingly cruel during the March through Georgia, actually shortened the war by eliminating the South's ability to wage war by destroying farms and industry. You'll have to look at their lives before and after to see the true character.
     
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